Obama: McChrystal showed poor judgment

US president says he will hear general's views before making decision.

stanley mcchrystal 311 (photo credit: AP)
stanley mcchrystal 311
(photo credit: AP)
WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said late Tuesday that he was interested in hearing directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over a disparaging magazine story that has enraged White House officials and threatened to undermine the administration.
McChrystal: Taliban training in IranNATO commander takes apology direct to AfghansObama said McChrystal and his aides showed "poor judgment."
In his first comments on the matter, Obama said Tuesday that he would meet with McChrystal at the White House on Wednesday. He said Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be meeting with the commander.
'The central focus is success in containing al-Qaida'
"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed a poor — showed poor judgment," the president said, surrounded by members of his Cabinet at the close of their meeting. "But I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions."
As the media were being ushered out quickly by press aides, Obama stopped them to make more comments and try to put the focus on the troops.
"I want everybody to keep in mind what our central focus is, and that is success in making sure that al-Qaida and its affiliates cannot attack the United States and its allies," Obama said.
"And we've got young men and women there who are making enormous sacrifices; families back home who are making enormous sacrifices," he added.